Norfolk History… Made Accessible

Norfolk is a county that has historically been both a very rural and agricultural, combine that with the contrast of the Cities and towns of Norfolk that were involved in mining, fishing and export of goods and you end up with a county that has an incredible amount of unique history. One of the biggest problems with finding out about the history of this county is that information is often never archived online or even if available online, it is normally in the form of simple points and facts with little context or citations to back them up.HistoryofNorfolk.com aims to make learning about the history of this historic county easy, as well as doing our best to provide accurate information.
Image of Norwich Cathedral

History of Norwich

Norwich is the largest settlement in Norfolk with an estimated population of 195,761 people. Norwich has a rich history stretching all the way back to its’ roots as a small Anglo-Saxon settlement, which came to be known as Northwic. The name Norwich was first minted on coins in the tenth century. Throughout much of history, Norwich has found success in manufacture, mining and trading with its’ trading partners. This brought the city wealth and prosperity.Nowadays, Norwich is more known for its service industry and of cause for the Londoners who live in Norwich for its much lower house prices and commute into work.
Painting of the Parish Church of St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth

History of Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is a reasonable popular holiday location with people around Norfolk, it is even still a very popular location for people day tripping from around the county. In the past, Great Yarmouth used to be known for its herring fishing but the local fishermen over- fished their available fish stocks, which cost Great Yarmouth its’ fishing industry. Combine with the downfall of most coastal towns in the United Kingdom, and you end up with a town that appears to be in terminal decline. With Great Yarmouth switching its’ main industry multiple time, there is a lot of history about the town you will almost never see.
A Steam train at Holt Historic Railway Station.

History of North Norfolk

North Norfolk is probably one of the diverse parts’ of Norfolk, especially when it comes to its’ landscapes, as this part of Norfolk has loads of beautiful cliffs, which are there because the coast of North Norfolk was on an edge of one of the glaciers, during the last ice age. Even today, North Norfolk has its’ fair share of isolated villages which would have had unique communities that did things slightly different to other people. This means that North Norfolk is home to some very unique history that is just waiting to be shared with others.
Man and two children standing next to a number of beehives.

History of Broadland

Broadland is a mostly rural local governmental district with a population of one-hundred and thirteen thousand people. The district was formed in 1974 with a merger of the St. Faiths and Aylsham Rural District and some part of the Blofield and Flegg Rural District. Broadland has a population density of around six-hundred people per square mile. This means that Broadland has a pretty average population density which might surprise some people, as the area is commonly seen as being pretty rural.